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Provide a descriptive paragraph about the Radley Place in To Kill a Mockingbird.Can...

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Posted October 6, 2012 at 7:36 AM via web

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Provide a descriptive paragraph about the Radley Place in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Can anyone give me a descriptive paragaph or a picture that visually tells the location of Scout's house and details the Radley Place?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 28, 2013 at 5:55 PM (Answer #1)

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The Radleys lived just down the street from the Finches, "three doors to the south." The children had to pass by the Radley house on their way to school since Boo's home also bordered Maycomb's elementary and high school campuses. The Radley house had once been among Maycomb's finest homes, but it had fallen into disrepair.

The house was low, was once white with a deep front porch and green shutters, but had long ago darkened to the color of the slate-gray yard around it. Rain-rotted shingles drooped over the eaves of the veranda; oak trees kept the sun away... johnson grass and rabbit-tobacco grew in abundance.  (Chapter 1)

For Jem and Scout--and most of the town--the knowledge that "a malevolent phantom" lived inside created a more sinister view of the house and its inhabitants. Although Boo was never seen, he was feared by most of Maycomb's townspeople, and his parents did little to ease the town's opinion of the family. Mr. Radley--" 'the meanest man ever God blew breath into,' " according to Calpurnia--"never spoke to us," and he spent most of his time behind the closed doors of the house. Mrs. Radley was only seen occasionally watering her cannas. The Radleys shunned social activities: They didn't attend church, missionary circle meetings, nor morning coffee with neighbors, and they spurned guests by keeping "the shutters and doors... closed on Sundays." Worse still, there were "no screen doors" to keep open as an invitation for visitors. By the fateful Halloween night at the end of the story, the Radley Place had been transformed into a proverbial "haunted house": a place where "haints" might still be found, and a place that even the older and wiser Jem and Scout still feared:

     "It is a scary place though, ain't it?"  (Chapter 28)

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